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Information for health professionals to help their patients with issues related to alcohol and other drugs.

Addiction Treatment in Vermont

The Treatment Directory lists contact information for statewide residential programs, opioid treatment hubs, and the Health Department's preferred providers, which meet certification standards for providing substance use disorder treatment services. The Treatment Resource Guides below have answers to common treatment questions as well as statewide and county-level treatment resources.

Visit the Find Treatment page to dowload these resources.

Marijuana Use & Pregnancy

Marijuana use during pregnancy can be harmful to a baby’s health. The chemicals in marijuana (in particular, tetrahydrocannabinol or THC) pass through the mother's system to the baby and can negatively affect the baby’s development.

Although more research is needed to better understand how marijuana may affect the mother and their baby during pregnancy, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends against using marijuana during pregnancy.

For more information, see the CDC's document "What You Need to Know About Marijuana Use and Pregnancy."

Medication Assisted Treatment

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) is the use of medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, to provide a whole-patient approach to the treatment of opioid use disorder.

Visit the MAT page for more information.

Older Adults and Substance Use

Substance misuse in Vermonters age 65 and older is increasing. With this and the fact that the older adult population is continuing to grow, there is an increased need for awareness of safe substance use, identifying risky use and substance use disorders, and treatment and recovery services for this group.

Visit the Substance Use and Older Adults page for more information.

Opioid Education Resources

Prescription Opioid Awareness

The RxAware page offers information on what your patient needs to know about prescription opioids, options for managing pain, side effects and withdrawal, and how to find help.

Handouts for Patients

The documents have also been translated into Arabic, Burmese, French, Kirundi, Nepali, Somali, and Spanish to provide to new Vermonter patients.

*Required by law to be distributed to patients receiving a new opioid prescription.

Prescription Drug Disposal

The Prescription Drug Disposal page offers information on National Prescription Drug Take Back Days, permanent prescription drug disposal sites, and free prescription medication mail-back envelopes.

Recovery in Vermont

Visit the Find Recovery Support Services page for information such as Recovery Center contact information and 2-1-1, as well as links to resources such as support groups for families and the Vermont Recovery Network.

Screening, Brief Intervention, & Referral to Treatment

Screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment in a medical setting such as a primary care office, hospital emergency department, or community clinic is a comprehensive, integrated, public health approach to identify patients with substance use disorders and those at risk of developing them with the goal of reducing and preventing related health consequences, disease, accidents and injuries.

This approach also allows medical providers to form closer relationships with the substance abuse treatment providers in their area, developing a ‘warm hand off’ protocol for patients who need treatment.

Visit the Screening, Brief Intervention, & Referral to Treatment page for more information.

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Youth Substance Use

The use of alcohol or drugs early in life can have a negative impact on physical and/or emotional health. Substance use can prevent proper brain development during a critical age and impact daily brain functioning. Helping adolescents and young adults make healthy choices is critically important.

For more information on adolescent brain development, check out webinar by Kreig Pinkham, Washington County Youth Service Bureau Executive Director, "Risk, Reward and Resiliency – A Strength-based Approach to Understanding Youth and Substance Use(link is external."

All teens are at risk of substance abuse and other serious issues, but parents can be their #1 influence. Parent Up Vermont helps parents talk with their teens, no matter what their parenting style.


Free Materials for Patients

To order materials for patients at no cost, visit PEAR Vermont.

Available materials include:

  • ParentUp resources for parents to talk to their kids about substance use
  • ADAP Treatment Directory & Resource Guides (State and County Treatment Information)
  • Opioid Prescriber Posters (Primary Care, Pediatrics, Dental)
  • SAMHSA Tips for Teens brochures
Tobacco Cessation Resources

To find information to help patients with tobacco cessation, visit the Health Department's Tobacco Program page.